This is a list of links to YouTube for music that I happen to like; centered on the year 1987. If there’s anything you happen to like from about that same time, feel free to post a youtube link to it in a comment. I’m sure my list is nowhere near exhaustive…
First up, The Bangles. Walk Like An Egyptian. The “official” Sony version (stage performance) is: http://youtu.be/Cv6tuzHUuuk
But I have a fondness for the semi-cheesy dancing in this one with Michael Jackson:
For a while you saw folks walking “like Egyptians” in cartoons, commercials, and all sorts of places.
The Bangles also did a cover of Hazy Shade Of Winter in 1987 that outscored the original Simon & Garfunkel:
Lyrics curiously appropriate now…
This is another of their songs “Going Down To Liverpool” that has Leonard Nimoy playing the part of driver…
Guess pickings were slim for a while after Star Trek The Original and before the movies…
Then there was U2. So many to choose from. How about this live version of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”?
http://youtu.be/gY75dw64sqI (Yes, some are links like this, a few are embeds… don’t want the page weight to kill folks on slower links on first page load…)
Though personally, I liked “With Or Without You” more:
The spooky moody quality always called to me…
Though released a couple of years earlier (1985 or so I think for the USA), this song by A-Ha “Take On Me” was high on charts due to an MTV video in 1986 and still hot in 1987:
A-Ha also did “The Sun Always Shines On TV”: http://youtu.be/a3ir9HC9vYg that’s more moody. Though an interesting blend of guitar, drums, and a string section.
Madonna had “La Isla Bonita”:
Though I rather like this one by the French singer Alizee a tiny bit more..
between the dancing, the guitar, and the mild accent… it gives Madonna a run… Though it is the “official video” it seems to repeat the song a second time, but as video only and with no sound… so once you get to the 3 1/2 minute point or there abouts, don’t worry if the sound cuts out.
Via Con Dios had “Puerto Rico”. (They are a Brussels band formed in 1986, but seem to have a Latin fixation…) This is the ’87 video via a VHS copy:
but if you want a higher quality and newer version try: http://youtu.be/19-bzEPmWrM It also has some really nice guitar in it.
The same band did “Hey Na Ne Na” that we saw some years ago in an earlier music posting: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/up-and-over-it-twisted-hand-dance/
Then there was the Jacksons… Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. There was so much they were doing then, and I can at best put a bunch of links and only one or two embeds or this becomes a Jackson’s Posting…
“Let’s Wait For A While” http://youtu.be/jeX833qycRk
“When I Think Of You”
“Bad” the iconic one:
http://youtu.be/dsUXAEzaC3Q and the Weird Al parody:
“The Way You Make Me Feel” https://www.youtube.com/HzZ_urpj4As
“Man In The Mirror” http://youtu.be/pEQAie8ABLE
“Leave Me Alone” ( I think the visual designer had too much drugs in this one…)
“Another Part Of Me” http://youtu.be/8vwHQNQ88cM
“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” (With Siedah Garret): http://youtu.be/HXESaTjUhfs
And just as strong a presence was Whitney Houston:
There are folks with one name (“Prince”, “Madonna”) and then some folks have two first names. What to do with them? Well, some made a lot of entries on the charts, so we list them.
George Michael: ( I find his stuff a bit slow, but a lot of folks like it)
“Father Figure” http://youtu.be/m_9hfHvQSNo
“One More Try” http://youtu.be/bG5N3GC-m20
“I Want Your Sex” http://youtu.be/vldh7oQD-a4 (well, this one isn’t too slow ;-)
Then some folks had the same first name twice…
Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam doing:
But there were also more quirky songs…. (No, you are not having hearing problems… this is the German version):
There is also this one called English version with German in it (with photos of racy models…): http://youtu.be/9LK1qeM4cd0
and the one from the movie (interesting visuals): http://youtu.be/Wo4pdhKL4b4
Falco also did “Der Kommissar” in 1981, that per the wiki:
“Der Kommissar” is a song first recorded by Falco in Austria in 1981, covered a year later by After the Fire, reworked in 1983 and retitled “Deep in the Dark” by Laura Branigan, then, reworked again in 1996 and retitled “Don’t Turn Around” by The Squids.
There was another German / English pair making the rounds about then. “99 Red Balloons”. It was a big hit in German. Deep, meaningful, and clearly complex… about war and stuff… at least to an English ear. Then the English came out and folks discovered (spoiler after you hear it in German ;-)
Well… English: http://youtu.be/HZ1TQYjCwYc oh…
So it’s a bit of snark at cold war being a bit daft with a sort of pop silly theme… In fairness though, the English lyrics are just a bit off from the German…
Several times a German song hit the top of the charts based on mystery and that impression of deep import. Then the inevitable English translation comes out and it goes flat. Just loses something… Then some guy goes and makes a ‘cover’ of it using, well, only Red Balloons to play the music. Honest!: http://youtu.be/aZND9dApFKU now if that doesn’t make you laugh after the first two, you need help ;-)
OK, getting back from German Crossover… here’s some more, um, regular cuts:
The Eurythmics doing “Thorn In My Side” http://youtu.be/_AmkmqYEarw (more famous for the earlier “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” that I just love:
Similarly I really like B-52 and “Love Shack” that’s from ’89:
and “Simply Irresistible” from ’88 by Robert Palmer:
http://youtu.be/UrGw_cOgwa8 who also did “Addicted To Love” in ’86:
both with the same zoned out looking slicked back ladies ‘dancing’ in the background.
OK, back at Madonna… She did a lot then, too.
Of course, there was lighter fluff:
Bananarama doing “Venus”:
New Order with “Bizarre Love Triangle”: http://youtu.be/tkOr12AQpnU
Some a bit odd… what do you do with a white girl doing slow semi-rap with a southern accent to a quasi orchestral sound with… well, you figure it out. T’Pau “Heart And Soul”: http://youtu.be/SwrYMWoqg5w (and is she named for a Vulcan?…)
Some more traditional. Rock or slower styles.
You almost couldn’t get away from this for a while. Light and fun:
Tiffany “I Think We’re Alone Now”: http://youtu.be/w6Q3mHyzn78
Heart “Alone”: http://youtu.be/1Cw1ng75KP0
The Cure “Just Like Heaven”: http://youtu.be/RS_ux2H473I
With a hint of the islands sounds, but English. Sting:
Europe “Carrie”: http://youtu.be/KmWE9UBFwtY (a bit slow for my tastes, but made it on the charts then…)
Samantha Fox “Touch Me”: http://youtu.be/TD33AxebRAg
Chris Burgh seems to have struck a chord in Latin America. There are several video versions with Spanish or Portuguese subtitles. This one is low res, but with “interesting” dancing: http://youtu.be/ItfyoMvJnx0 while this one has they lyrics so you can actually find out what was sung: http://youtu.be/hy0pZ_JvL4k There’s a live concert version: http://youtu.be/iFcuN2zI3u0 but in a few minutes looking I didn’t find a regular “Official Video”… though it may be a few pages down.
I’m a bit more fond of the “Euro Pop” or “Disco Pop” type sounds. Don’t know why. But this is a familiar one:
Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up”: http://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ
And this one has a similar appeal to me:
Fleetwood Mac “Little Lies”:
They also have an extended “Little Lies” (medium lies? ;-)
Then there are those iconic songs that are still around today. Things played at sports events, or just always being rediscovered by a new generation.
Guns N’ Roses “Welcome To The Jungle”:
Belinda Carlisle “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”: http://youtu.be/NOGEyBeoBGM
Peter Cetera “Glory Of Love”: http://youtu.be/XWHOF_0-6Hg (I think I’ve heard this at a few weddings…)
(Jefferson) Starship “Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now”: http://youtu.be/bBQVrCflZ_E
George Mederios “Nothings Gonna Change My Love For You”: http://youtu.be/MLxTEV5vpyg
Some are a bit misunderstood. Dark as light, even. Take R.E.M. “The One I Love”. Often dedicated to “The One I Love” by someone who listens to the refrain but not all the lyrics. Per the wiki
The record has ironically become a popular radio dedication to loved ones, relying on a misinterpretation of its refrain, “This one goes out to the one I love.” However, subsequent lyrics in the same verse contradict the love song interpretation and suggests a darker, more manipulative theme: “A simple prop to occupy my time.”
Stipe related in 1987 to Rolling Stone, “I’ve always left myself pretty open to interpretation. It’s probably better that they just think it’s a love song at this point.” However, in an interview in the January 1988 issue of Musician magazine, he said that the song was “incredibly violent” and added, “It’s very clear that it’s about using people over and over again”.
The song contains only three verses, the first two of which are identical; the third verse changes “a simple prop to occupy my time” to “another prop has occupied my time.” The chorus consists of just the word “fire”, repeated over the backing vocal of “She’s coming down on her own now/Coming down on her own” (sung by Mike Mills).
Still, it’s catchy… and maybe folks really do mean that kind of ‘dedication’…
Others just won’t die, always being rerecorded by someone or showing up on a new program / top songs show. Take Bon Jovi “Living On A Prayer”: http://youtu.be/lDK9QqIzhwk or Steve Winwood “The Finer Things”: http://youtu.be/9gaT6HtLGlU where I think it is the keyboard that’s catchy.
Cutting Crew “I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight”: http://youtu.be/rrJky8YuTr4
Billy Idol “Mony Mony”: http://youtu.be/sYYAv-QW38Q
Others get remakes. Pet Shop Boys did a remake in 2001 of “It’s A Sin” here:
http://youtu.be/SwrYMWoqg5w yet somehow this older campier version speaks to me more:
Kim Wilde “You Just Keep Me Hanging On”: http://youtu.be/GB3ImzSKRTI
Some make it into movies and keep living on. In this case, it’s
Bob Seger “Shakedown” used in Beverly Hills Cop:
Some into many TV shows and movies like Whitesnake “Hear I Go Again”:
Similarly, the song from the movie “Dirty Dancing” persists.
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life”:
Some get used in movies and TV and even presidential campaigns (also Muppets ;-):
Club Nouveau “Lean On Me”: http://youtu.be/IwIzcNLOogc
And used in many TV shows. Crowded House “Don’t Dream It’s Over”:
To live forever thanks to Top Gun; Berlin and “Take My Breath Away”:
Well, I think that’s about all that I’m likely to get done. I know there’s more, but those will have to be ‘caught up’ in comments. Hope you enjoy this wander down memory lane.
How better to end than R.E.M. “It’s The End Of The World (as we know it)” and I feel fine. A newer longer version in concert here: http://youtu.be/u2UhvN0k74w but a more period version: